December 2015 \ Interviews \ Diplomatic Interview
"We deeply value our relations with India"

His Excellency Mr Bothata Tsikoane High Commissioner of the Kingdom of Lesotho

Please talk us through capacity building and training programmes in Defence and Security…

We have had the cooperation between Indian army and Lesotho for 15 years. This cooperation embarks a number of things. The first is that we have Indians army personnel in Lesotho training our defence force; second, our army personnel come to India to learn the different distributions of India. The relationship is still going very strong. There are 20 soldiers that have trained from India in various fields be it engineering, medicine and few other special courses. When the Prime Minister of Lesotho was on a visit to India, one of the main focus on his agenda was to extend this agreement for another 10 years when it ends next year. This is because we really value our relationship with India.

What kind of Line of Credit has been offered to Lesotho by the Indian Government?

So far we have solicitated two lines of credit. The first one was for agriculture; I think it was done 10 years back when India supplied us with machineries. The most recent Line of credit is of USD 4.7 million for financing setting up of a vocational training centre for empowerment of youth and women, in Lesotho. The income generating machines and equipment have already been dispatched to Lesotho. Another line of credit has been offered by the Government of India is still pending but doors are open f or more lines of credit.